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Stephen B. MorrisHit the Ground Running with MongoDB and Python
Stephen B. Morris describes how to get started with MongoDB and Python. As usual with Python, you can get productive quickly, without worrying about complex IDEs. MongoDB has a simple data model and easy-to-understand semantics, giving you a handy on-ramp to this interesting technology.
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By Stephen B. MorrisSep 16, 2014
Create Your First Arduino Program
Write your first program and watch it work! In this excerpt from Arduino Programming in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, learn how to use the Arduino IDE software package to create, compile, and upload an Arduino program. You then learn how to interface your Arduino with external electronic circuits to complete your Arduino projects.
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By Richard BlumSep 15, 2014
An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript: How to Use Data-Joins in D3
Data-joins are the bread and butter of D3. This chapter from Visual Storytelling with D3: An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript covers how to use data-joins to add elements to a webpage and then manipulate them with data.
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By Ritchie S KingSep 12, 2014
Migrating Users and Applications to Windows 8.1
Learn how to migrate users and their profiles to Windows 8.1, configure folder redirection, and configure profiles in this chapter from MCSA 70-687 Cert Guide: Configuring Microsoft Windows 8.1.
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By Don Poulton, Randy Bellet, Harry HoltSep 11, 2014

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Brad YaleGoogle On Air Live Hangout with the Father of C++ Bjarne Stroustrup

On August 20th, the father of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup led a Google On-Air Live Hangout event in which he talked about everything C++. The event was sponsored by InformIT, Pearson Education and the Google + C Plus Plus Community. 

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By Brad YaleCommentsSeptember 12, 2014
Topics: Information Technology,Programming,C/C++
Brad YaleThe CAPTCHA: A History, A Problem, Possible Solutions

Everyone, every online user, at some point in time (most probably during a purchase) has outwardly professed "COME ON!" when trying and failing to enter a CAPTCHA. 

There is an old Ellen Degeneres joke which dryly states whoever is in charge of CD packaging must be sarcastically mean. Personally, this is how I feel about the inventor and users of the CAPTCHA.

Where did the CAPTCHA go wrong? How did it start with the best intentions of hackers and grow into a security solution almost guaranteed to cause cart abandonment? Why does the CAPTCHA make me/us so mad? Why hasn't something else come along to replace the CAPTCHA yet? 

In this post, we explore the history of the CAPTCHA, noted issues with the bot/spam tech and possible alternatives. 

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By Brad YaleCommentsSeptember 10, 2014
Topics: Information Technology,Process Improvement
Brad YaleOperating System Battleground: iOS vs. Android

Unification: [yoo-nuf-fi-key-shuh n]; Noun. Origin: Unify, 1495 – 1505, Late Latin

  1. The process of unifying or uniting; union
  2. The state or condition of being unified
  3. iOS

Varied: [vair-eed]; Adj. Origin: Vary, 1300 – 1350, Middle English, Latin

  1. Characterized by exhibiting variety; various; diverse; diversified
  2. Changed; altered
  3. Having several different colors; variegated
  4. Android
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By Brad YaleCommentsSeptember 3, 2014
Topics: iOS,Mobile Application Development & Programming,Android
John  TraenkenschuhWindows 9 When?

Traenk is looking forward to Windows 9:  Here's Why.

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By John TraenkenschuhCommentsSeptember 1, 2014
Topics: Other Applications,Home & Office Computing,Microsoft Windows Vista & Home Server,Windows Phone,Microsoft Windows Desktop,Mobile Application Development & Programming,Microsoft Applications

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